COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky says he's over the disappointment of Russia's Olympic failure in hockey. Now he's committed to getting the Columbus Blue Jackets into the playoffs.
The Blue Jackets will return Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game back after the NHL's Olympic hiatus.
The club is fourth in the Metro Division, three points out of third and in the thick of the wild-card chase in the East.
With 24 games over the next 6 1/2 weeks, the Blue Jackets need a strong finish. They'll need a repeat of what they put together a year ago, going from last place to tying for a playoff spot by closing with a 19-5-5 record.
Marian Gaborik is back from a broken collarbone, which caused him to miss the Sochi Games.

Recent NHL Discussions

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Will Golden Knights enjoy more success in year two? The Las Vegas Golden Knights had the best first season of any expansion team in the history of the major North American sports. What is in store...
Thumbnail Do Capitals have shot at winning another Cup? The Washington Capitals claimed their first Stanley Cup trophy in franchise history in June as it downed the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights in the...
Thumbnail Which longshot teams could win title?  There are a handful of teams that could be considered favorites to win the Stanley Cup title next season, but who are a few teams that are being overlooked and...
Thumbnail Will Tavares, Matthews help Leafs raise trophy? The signing of star center John Tavares this summer by the Toronto Maple Leafs has them hyped as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup Trophy...
Thumbnail Maple Leafs Co-Favorites to Win Cup After signing free agent John Tavares last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs are listed as co-favorites to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup.